Temazepam

Temazepam helps you sleep if you have difficulty falling or staying asleep. Do not suddenly stop taking temazepam without talking to your doctor because you may experience harmful withdrawal symptoms.

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Temazepam Overview

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Temazepam is a prescription medication used to treat insomnia. Temazepam belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It works by slowing activity in the brain to allow sleep.

This medication comes in capsule form. It is usually taken as needed at bedtime.

Common side effects of temazepam are drowsiness, headache, and tiredness.

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Uses of Temazepam

Temazepam is a prescription medication used in the treatment of a sleep problem called insomnia. Symptoms of insomnia include:

  • trouble falling asleep
  • waking up often during the night

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Temazepam Brand Names

Temazepam may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Temazepam Drug Class

Temazepam is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Temazepam

The most common side effects of temazepam are:

  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • nervousness
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • “hangover” feeling the day after taking temazepam
  • You may still feel drowsy the next day after taking temazepam. Do not drive or do other dangerous activities after taking temazepam until you feel fully awake.
  • You may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking temazepam suddenly. Withdrawal symptoms can be serious and include seizures. Mild withdrawal symptoms include a depressed mood and trouble sleeping. Talk to your doctor to check if you need to stop temazepam slowly.

This is not a complete list of this medication’s side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Temazepam Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • antidepressants
  • antihistamines
  • medicines for anxiety, mental illness, seizures, or pain
  • sedatives
  • other sleeping pills
  • tranquilizers

This is not a complete list of all drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Temazepam Precautions

Possible serious side effects of temazepam include:

  • getting out of bed while not being fully awake and doing an activity that you do not know you are doing. After taking temazepam, you may get up out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing. The next morning, you may not remember that you did anything during the night. You have a higher chance for doing these activities if you drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy with temazepam. Reported activities include:
    • driving a car (“sleep-driving”)
    • making and eating food
    • talking on the phone
    • having sex
    • sleep-walking

    Call your doctor right away if you find out that you have done any of the above activities after taking temazepam.

  • abnormal thoughts and behavior. Symptoms include more outgoing or aggressive behavior than normal, confusion, agitation, hallucinations, worsening of depression, and suicidal thoughts.
  • memory loss
  • anxiety
  • severe allergic reactions. Symptoms include swelling of the tongue or throat, trouble breathing, and nausea and vomiting. Get emergency medical help if you get these symptoms after taking temazepam.

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the above side effects or any other side effects that worry you while using temazepam.

Important:

  1. Take temazepam exactly as prescribed.
    • Do not take more temazepam than prescribed.
    • Take temazepam right before you get in bed, not sooner.
  2. Do not take temazepam if you:
    • drink alcohol
    • take other medicines that can make you sleepy. Talk to your doctor about all of your medicines. Your doctor will tell you if you can take temazepam with your other medicines.
    • cannot get a full night's sleep.

Do not take temazepam if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Temazepam may cause birth defects or harm a fetus (unborn baby).

 

Temazepam Food Interactions

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of temazepam there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet.

Inform MD

Before starting temazepam, tell your doctor about all of your health conditions, including if you:

  • are allergic to any ingredients in temazepam
  • have a history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts
  • have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction
  • have kidney or liver disease
  • have a lung disease or breathing problems
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Medicines can interact with each other, sometimes causing serious side effects. Do not take temazepam with other medicines that can make you sleepy.

Temazepam and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

This medication falls into category X. It has been shown that women taking temazepam during pregnancy may have babies born with problems. There are no situations where the benefits of the medication for the mother outweigh the risks of harm to the baby. These medicines should never be used by pregnant women.

 

Temazepam and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if temazepam is excreted in human breast milk or if it will harm your nursing baby.

Temazepam Usage

  • Take temazepam exactly as prescribed. Do not take more temazepam than prescribed for you.
  • Take temazepam right before you get into bed.
  • Do not take temazepam unless you are able to get a full night's sleep before you must be active again.
  • Call your doctor if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problems.
  • If you take too much temazepam or overdose, call your doctor or poison control center right away, or get emergency treatment.

Temazepam Dosage

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The dose your doctor recommends may be based on the following:

  • the condition being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication
  • your weight
  • your height
  • your age
  • your gender

The recommended dose range is 7.5 mg to 30 mg.

Temazepam Overdose

If you take too much temazepam or overdose, call your doctor or poison control center right away, or get emergency treatment.

Other Requirements

  • Store temazepam at room temperature, 68° to 77°F (20° to 25°C).
  • Keep temazepam and all medicines out of reach of children.

Temazepam is a federally controlled substance (C-IV) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep temazepam in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away temazepam may harm others, and is against the law. Tell your doctor if you have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.